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August 27, 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Session 2: Why Managing the Double Whammy of Covid-19 and Obesity Pandemics Is More Important Than Ever

Obesity and COVID-19 severity go hand in hand, especially in the working age population where over 30% of full-time US employees are obese (>30% BMI) and more susceptible to COVID-related hospitalization and death. Worse, obesity rarely stands alone, and often is accompanied by a myriad of other high-risk chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, thus increasing COVID-19 vulnerability. In this “dual perspective” session, you will understand the importance of managing obesity in the workforce, particularly transportation workers who must meet rigorous DOT health requirements. You also will discover how leveraging a high-tech/high touch chronic care management strategy can help prevent, manage, and improve obesity and related conditions in an at-risk employee population. A Texas employer will tie these two obesity management approaches together with his real-world experience at City of San Antonio.


Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, Pres. & CMO, OccuMedix

Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM is president and chief medical officer of OccuMedix, an occupational medicine consulting firm located in Dresher, Pennsylvania. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine. She has been a certified Medical Review Officer since 1996 and has been listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since its inception. Dr. Hartenbaum has extensive experience in the clinical, corporate, and academic settings and is a nationally recognized expert in occupational fitness for duty with a special focus on transportation

CJ Mark, Chief Commercial Officer, Vida, Inc.

Throughout 20-plus years working in healthcare and employee benefits, CJ has focused on simplifying access, lowering costs and improving health outcomes. She’s led teams within the digital health, consulting and payer spaces, including as Teladoc Health’s U.S. Market Leader and Area President for Gallagher Benefit Services.

David Whitt, City of San Antonio

David Whitt is the Employee Wellness Manager for the City of San Antonio and has managed the City’s wellness benefits since 2014 where he oversees the design, implementation and evaluation of health and wellness programming for approximately 13,000 City employees and their families. Prior to working with the City of San Antonio, David spent 7 years as Director of Marketing & Promotions at Clear Channel Radio, now iHeartMedia, and it was there he learned important communication approaches that he continues to utilize in his work in Wellness.

David currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Texas Business Group on Health and as an advisory member of the San Antonio Business Group on Health’s Board of Directors for which he has also served as its Chair.

David earned a Master of Science in Health Promotion and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Tara Sherman, Health and Well Being Strategy Team, The Boeing Company

Tara Sherman is a member of the Health and Well Being Strategy team at The Boeing Company. In this role, she leads the team development of long term strategy for both US and international. Strategy development focuses on a global strategy responsive to local markets and cultures, consumer centric design, and integration across the company driving business results. She is responsible for full cycle deployment of new programs from business case to implementation and on-going monitoring to ensure the best employee experience, outcomes, and financial results. Tara’s focus areas include: mental health, emotional well-being, healthy eating, leadership engagement, external recognition, and partnership with safety, global corporate citizenship, food services, operations, and site well-being employees. For several years, the Well Being program has earned both Platinum and Top Honors awards from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Prior to this role, Tara was a Senior Manager of Human Resources (Information Technology) and a Strategic Business Partner (Human Resources).

Tara holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from DePaul University. She also has achieved Senior Professional of Human Recourses Certification. Tara participates in the NBGH Institute on Innovation for Workforce Well Being Board and the Midwest Business Group on Health.

The Texas Business Group on Health (TBGH) was founded in 1985, as a non-profit 501c (6) organization dedicated to the interest of Texas companies that offer employer-sponsored healthcare for employees, and the development and support of community-based employer coalitions across Texas.  

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